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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 3C More good fishing Michael Condon Staff Writer Internet@plumasnews.com Walking on thin ice I had planned on writing about ice fishing this week. Reports from both Davis and Frenchman indicate angler success has recently been quite good. But the recent unseasonably warm weather is melting the ice. The ice is still there, but it is thinner and getting more thin with each warm day. My advice: unless you real- ly know what you are doing, stay off the ice. Falling through thin ice can ruin your entire day. I suggest skipping the ice and heading to Lake A1- manor. The east basin of the lake is ice-free and both trollers and bank anglers have been doing well. The ramp at Canyon'Dam is open and ice-free. International Sportsmens Exposition I made it down to Sacramen- to for the International Sports- mens Exposition recently. It was quite the show. There were five very large halls and several outdoor exhibits dedi- cated to everything related to fishing and hunting. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. I went with my son-in-law. Before we left, my daughter asked that I not let him buy anything. When I explained how unreasonable her re- quest was, she modified it to not letting him buy anything that needed to be towed home. I succeeded. But just barely. There was more than enough to keep us occupied for many hours. All of the lat- est tackle was on display. There were fishing lodge rep- resentatives and guides from all over the country. Plumas County was well t'epresented by chamber of commerce groups from both ends of the county as well as local resort reps and fishing guides. Bryan Roccocci of Big Dad- dy's Guide Service (283-4103) wowed them with his videos that included some huge mackinaw from Bucks Lake. Judging from the size of the crowd, the seminar on "Fish- ing Lake Almanor and Be- yond," put on by Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures, was one of the biggest hits of the show. Doug has fished A1- manor for many years and A1- manor is the only lake he guides on. He has mastered techniques for Lake Almanor, but that doesn't mean they won't work elsewhere. Doug shared two tech- niques I was particularly in- terested in. First, when fishing with Powerbait, rather than shap- ing it into the usual sphere, he forms the bait bails into pyramids. That increases the surface area of the bait so more sent leaches into the wa- ter and it also gives the bait a more interesting wobble as it moves through the water. The second technique in- volves using a plastic swim bait made by BassTex that closely resembles a pond smelt. It is a 2-inch white bait with a large eye and a touch of purple along the back. Doug inserts a 1/16-inch piece of copper tubing through the bait and then gives it a slight bend. That causes the bait to move through the water with a spiral motion jus t like in in- jured smelt. It is very attrac- tive to a hungry trout. I can't wait to try it. Favorite lure? A friend of mine recently asked me what my favorite fishing lure is. If you have read this column much you have probably figured out that fly-fishing is my favorite fishing technique. But I also do plenty of fishing with bait and hardware. At first I thought the idea of a favorite lure was not that useful. After all, fishing situa- tions and conditions are in- credibly variable and one of the primary challenges of fishing is to match your gear and technique to the specific situation in which you find yourself. But then I thought about tips how I like to carry as little gear as I can get by with. Over the years I have made a drastic switch away from carrying a ton of gear to a very minimal- ist approac h. When fly fishing, for example, I generally leave the vest at home and instead opt for a film can with a dozen or so flies, some tippet materi- al and some nippers. I might splurge at times and throw in a spare tapered leader. When I am fishing hard- ware, I still like to keep it sim- ple. Unless I am in the boat, a box of lures that fits in my pocket will usually suffice. Once I thought about it, there is one lure I am never with- out. It is the silver Kastmas- ter. The Kastmaster has an in- geniously simple design. It has the aerodynamics and heft need for outstanding cast- ing performance. I especially appreciate this when I am shore fishing as it allows me to cover lots of water. The Kastmaster also has a shape that allows for very effective jigging and a fish-getting wob- ble when cast or trolled. Second on my list of fa- vorite lures is the Thomas Boyant spoon. I don't know what it is about these little spoons. They don't have enough weight to cast that well on their own. They do have a decent wobble when trolled or cast. Nothing spe- cial that I can see. But the fish love them. I have seen them out-fish any other bait or lure -- or fly -- on numerous occa- sions, especially in small lakes. I won't head into the high country without them. And then there is my senti- mental favorite: the Super Duper made by Luhr-Jensen. I have to admit I haven't fished with one of these in years. But as a kid it was my dad's, and therefore my "go- to" lure. Both the chrome/red and the gold/red were great producers whether we were trolling or casting from shore. I am going to add some of these to my arsenal this year. Portola coach Matt Compton instructs his team during a timeout. With two more wins last week, the Tigers improved their over- all record to 19-1. Photo by Shannon Morrow Lady Tigers earn another pair of wins Last weekwas a goot one ond half. East Nicolaus for the Lady Tigers basket- outscored Portola in the final ball squad. They riotched two quarter, but it was too little more victories to bring their and too late to catch the cats. record to 19 and 1. On Tues- day, Jan. 25, they defeated the East Nicolaus Trojans 47 to 29, and they finished the week Friday with a satiSfy- ing victory -- 43 to 35 -- over a strong Biggs team. The Tigers came out hard and fast against East Nico- laus, outscoring the Trojans 14 to 3 in the first period. By the half, the Lady Cats were solidly in charge, 31 to 11. East Nicolaus wouldn't give up, however, and came back hard in the second half play- ing nearly even through the third .quarter. The Tigers helped keep the Trojans in the game b.y giving up 15 un- forced turnovers in the sec- The" Tigers held on to win 47 to 29. Emma Briggs led scoring with 18 points, followed by Anna Roach with 12, Lindsay Compton with five and Bailey Holt with four. Roach domi- nat'ed under the boards with 10 rebounds, while Compton, Briggs and Marissa Wehrman grabbed five each. The game on Friday at Big- gs promised to be the tough- est for the Tigers, as the Wolverines are the only team to' hand Portola a loss so far this season. The first four possessions resulted in Tiger turnovers as the aggressive Wolverines pressured the Portola ball handlers. The girls gave up 10 unforced turnovers in the first eight minutes. However, despite the imbalance of scoring at- tempts, the Lady Cats played excellent half court defense, and shot better than 60 per- cent from the floor to keep Biggs from brealing out to a big early lead. At the end of the first quarter Portola was ahead 12 to 6, but by inter- mission their lead had been reduced to 18 to 14. In the third frame, the Tigers held Biggs score.less for the first four mir, utes, and opened up a 31 to 20 lead by the beginning of the fourth period. It was a very physical contest with few fouls called, as the Lady Tigers went to the charity line only eight times during the game, converting nine out of 16 shots. Portola led the game by 12 with five sec- onds left. when Biggs made a desperation 3-point shot to close the book at 43 to 35. Top scorers for the Tigers were Roach with 10 points, Briggs scoring nine, Lucy Wilbanks contributing eight, and Holt, adding seven. Compton led the team in re- bounds with seven, while Wilbanks gathered six, and Roach and Brigg s got five each. It was skveet revenge for the Lady Tigers, since the Wolverines beat them up badly -- 64 to 46 -- in their second outing of the season. The girls traveled to Espar- to on Monday, Jan. 31, took on Los Molinos Tuesday, and will play Hamilton City on Friday. No scores were avail- able at press time. ace to connect... The 2011-2012 Plumas County Visitors Guide This colorful publication, produced in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. 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